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Building the TOMODACHI Generation

Name: Tatsuhiro Shinagawa
Nationality: Japanese
Status at Waseda University: 4th year at the School of International Liberal Studies (SILS)


I participated in the “Building the TOMODACHI Generation” Program in Washington, D.C. this February. Since I had previously studied in D.C. for a year, this was my second visit. This visit, however, was very different from my previous stay and became another unforgettable one.

BTG program was started by two institutions, the Washington Center and U.S.-Japan Research Institute (USJI). We, the students from all over Japan and the United States, gathered in Washington, D.C. in order to learn about leadership skills, cross-cultural relationships, and possible solutions to social problems. In addition, we had opportunities to listen to and talk with leaders from different sectors. This program aimed to develop international leaders in the TOMODACHI* generation, who will be deeply involved in the U.S.-Japan relationships in the future. Nineteen Japanese students and fifteen American students joined this year.
 

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In front of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial (Writer in the back row, 6th from the right)

One of the most important missions in BTG program was how each individual can cooperate together to work on projects. Each participant had a unique background. We were in different majors, from different universities, and had different cultural backgrounds. As a final goal of the program, Japanese and American students cooperated in team projects together. In these very short two weeks, we had to figure out a way to accomplish this mission.

It would have been very difficult if we had had to deal with this mission all by ourselves. We were given many hints along the way which helped us a lot. The most valuable activity was finding out each participant’s strength. This activity helped us realize that each individual has different strengths, and having different strength is beneficial to teamwork. When we work individually, we have to fill in our weaknesses by ourselves. When we work with others, however, we can make up for each team member’s weakness through other members’ strengths. Thus, we learned that the key to succeeding in team projects is to apply each member’s strength and to contribute to the team.
 

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Throughout this program, we held multiple meetings, and got feedback from professionals
working in Washington, D.C.


Another important mission of this program is to understand the structure of civil society in the U.S. In order to do so, we attended some lectures and visited various organizations. Through these experiences, we realized that different sectors contribute to civil society by using each sector’s unique strength. Therefore, we came to understand that our previous discovery was not only useful in team projects, but also in civil society.
 

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In front of the World Bank

After we reached that understanding, we prepared a group project presentation as the final part of this program. The goal of this presentation was to propose a restoration plan for the reconstruction of areas in Tohoku affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Judges working actively in D.C. decided the winning teams. Our team had no problems with our preparations at first, but we faced some challenges later. The most serious one was that each member could not communicate fluently with other members, especially between the students of different nationalities. We, the Japanese students, gathered and discussed how we could overcome this challenge. The main obstacle was the gap in English ability. In order to minimize this gap, the Japanese members prepared documents and visual materials beforehand so that we could more easily communicate our ideas with the American students. This method worked successfully, and we were able to advise each other more easily from then on. We unfortunately did not win the competition in the end. However, we were able to work together with American students to overcome challenges and get closer to them, and we were all proud of that.
 

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Our team. One of the members designed a T-shirt for this presentation, and we all wore it.

While the BTG program lasted only two weeks, we had lots of opportunities to strengthen our skills. The activities ranged from outdoor leadership training in the mountains to a networking reception. For all of the participants, this program was something very important and unforgettable. We figured out different methods of cross-cultural understanding, and how we can contribute to civil society. In addition, by meeting with lots of people working in D.C., we strengthened our desire to work internationally. By utilizing what we learned through this program, the participants, including myself, will keep moving forward for the better future of civil society while inspiring each other.
 

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Leadership training at an outdoor athletic facility

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A networking reception

Last but not least, I would like to thank everyone for all the support during the program, especially the Washington Center and USJI; Tomodachi Initiative, Toyota Motor Corporation, Hitachi Ltd., Morgan Stanley for their financial support; and I would like to express a special thanks to Waseda University’s Center for International Education (CIE) for choosing me as one of the representatives of Waseda to participate in this program.


*TOMODACHI
“The TOMODACHI Initiative is a public-private partnership, born out of support for Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, that invests in the next generation of Japanese and American leaders through educational and cultural exchanges as well as leadership programs.”
http://usjapantomodachi.org/about-us/
 

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